Online Video Is Skyrocketing

Online Video is Skyrocketing

Here’s a rather excellent video (from Facebook) looking at why online video is sky rocketing. It certainly seems like a good time to be in the media production. More than ever we find ourselves looking at the design strategy behind a video production, to ensure it engages a viewer, acheives its goals and delivers a great return on investment. If … Read More

How to setup your own animation studio

In order to help other aspiring animators and designers realise their business dreams. We’ve put together this short series on ‘How To Setup Your Own Animation Studio’. Now, this is the first series I (Jon Draper) have presented, so some of it is a little rough round the edges. Let’s face it, I’d be much more comfortable at my desk … Read More

3D Animation Showreel

3D Animation Showreel

We created this showreel edit of our 3D animation work a few months ago and thought it might actually be worthy of a Blog post. There’s nothing too complex going on in terms of the actual edit, though it’s nice to concentrate purely on our 3D work for change.

Create a fixed footer menu in your header using Xtheme Pro

If you use the excellent Themeco Pro theme to build up your WordPress website. Plus would like to have a fixed footer menu for mobile users. You may find the below information useful. We quickly breakdown how we’ve designed out own fixed footer menu for mobile users. It’s actually part of the header builder which is included with the WordPress … Read More

A short & sweet motion graphic animation

motion graphic

Here’s a short and sweet motion graphic animation. I created this quite simply because I was in the mood to create something with a rolling square and wanted to try out a few ideas. This short animation was created using Adobe After Effects.

Thinking Differently

emotional marketing video

Stormy Studio were commissioned by award winning shop designers Weatherhead to create an engaging marketing video. Our Creative Director Jon Draper developed a number of different narratives that tugged at the heart strings, just a little. We then developed the chosen creative, producing hand drawn storyboards, multiple sketches, aniamtion tests and a full animatic. Once ready we went about sourcing … Read More

Alternative to usertesting.com

Website UI Testing

As you’ve arrive here you’ve probably already discovered peek.com and are looking for an alternative to usertesting.com their full service site. They’re both fantastic and I recommend checking them both out. Whilst offering a great service we found the pricing a little too high for our business at this time. However we have found a great lower cost alternative to … Read More

Tidy desk to reignite your creative juices

Tidy desk Animators desk

Sometimes in our animation studio I’ll find that I’ve lost my creative mojo, I just can not find the right mindset or enthusiasm to carry on with a project. I’ll often decide that a tidy desk could be the answer to reignite my creative spark. Whilst sometimes I’ll just keep pushing on and await the inevitable route that my day … Read More

Macro Filming – Test footage

macro filming

Macro Filming with a cheap CCTV lens: This weekend I tried out our macro filming rig. Which consists of our trusty BlackMagic Pocket Cinema camera and a cheap £20.00 CCTV lens (which comes with a C mount adaptor). The focal range is so tiny it’s really quite interesting to work with. Though the results from macro filming are quite spectacular. … Read More

Effective Health and safety animated videos

Effective Health and Safety Videos

Stormy Studio were fortunate enough to win a great corporate video production contract with UK Power Networks. We were commissioned to produce a series of effective health and safety animatedvideos. We relished the challenge of exploring relatable, light hearted and effective health and safety creatives. Each video needed to be around 45 seconds long and touch upon a single business … Read More

How much does a corporate video cost to make?

How much does an animated video cost?Get a quote for an animated business video.

We’re very pleased to announce another useful addition to our set of frequently asked questions pages. We look at how we construct our production quotes and give some options for you to find the answer to ‘how much does a corporate video cost?’. How much does a corporate video cost to make? The question of how much corporate does a video cost … Read More

Devon Film Company, Coastal Safari

Filming in Devon

Devon Film Company – Creating a last minute film narrative Whilst not a production officially by our Devon Film company, I think this still goes someway to showcase our talent. Here’s a little video production I made simply to capture the magic moments of my kids growing up on the beautiful Devonshire Coastline near our animation studio. It’s something I’ve been doing … Read More

Win a DJI Mavic Pro Drone

Win a Mavic Pro Drone

We all know how awesome Drones can be and we know how DJI are leading the charge in creating the highest quality professional Drones on the market. Now you can easily enter this contest to Win a DJI Mavic Pro , $500 to spend on Premium Beats music for your projects and a years free membership on the excellent Frame … Read More

New renewable energy animation project

Renewable Energy Animation

Renewable Energy Animation Project: We’re currently producing 3 rather cool renewable energy animations for a UK Energy Company. Each video will highlight the future options for managing power on the grid, with particular information relating to renewable energy sources. We’re still currently knocking around some creative approaches but the full 3D Low Poly scene is the current front runner and for good … Read More

Mobile animation Studio

Mobile animation studio

We’ve just taken receipt our our new mobile animation studio and it’s agreed to join the Stormy Studio team. It’s in the shape of a Volkswagen long wheel base T4 camper van. Of course we just had to go for the Stormy studio colours. Mobile Animation Studio Branding We’ll be adding some ‘subtle’ animation & film production branding to the camper … Read More

How to record 4K screen capture on a HD monitor

The problem to solve… You need to record 4K footage on a PC monitor that can only be set to HD and you don’t want to buy a 4K monitor. The solution: If you have a Nvidia graphics the following could work, depending on the age of the card. (*We have a rather awesome Nvidia 1080 GPU, but I would … Read More

Mixed Reality Research

Mixed Reality Filming Day 1

Mixed Reality Research For Filming The past couple of weeks we’ve been getting up to speed with our latest VR kit. We’re continuing to ‘tinker’ with this emerging technology to see both how it can beneift our work as well as open up new Mixed Reality Research filming opportunities. The past day or so we’ve started putting our efforts ( … Read More

3rd HTC Vive Controller

3rd Vive Controller

Today marked the arrival of our 3rd HTC Vive controller. Now under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be a reason for much excitement nor a blog post. However as we’re currently putting together our studios mixed reality filming rig (and I love all thing VR no matter how trivial) this seemed worthy of a quick blog post. Mixed Reality filming is … Read More

Video Marketing Magic

UK animation company showreel

For this little article I’m of course referring to the marketing magic achievable when the perfectly conceived creative, narrative and aesthetic are combined into a beautifully produced video. *Below is our showreel for 2016, with exclusive clips from client video releases due later this  year. Arriving at this ‘magic’ isn’t always obvious and a discussion process to understand the needs … Read More

URSA Mini 4k videos

Filming Plymouth

This blog post is a collated group of some of the URSA Mini 4k videos that really shows the potential of this great camera. URSA Mini 4k videos Camera Capabilities With it’s stunning 60P 4k video capture (120fps at HD), 12 stops of dynamic range, high data rate recording formats, Global shutter it really can shine alongside its 4.6k counterpart … Read More

Ursa mini slow motion video footage

Ursa mini 4k test shots

Why I shot this little Ursa mini slow motion video Since the sun had finally come out toward the end of what had been a very grey weekend, I packed the kids into the car with a basic picnic, our goto beach stuff and headed down to Wembury Beach near Plymouth, Devon, UK. I also decided to take along our … Read More

Ursa Mini 4k Test Footage

Ursa mini 4k

With the introduction of incredible high end cameras like Blakcmagics Ursa mini 4k, the price of cinema grade 4k continues to drop and the ease of access to professional level slow motion cinematography continues. We’ll no doubt see more and more of Vimeo and Youtube flooded with beach test shots. You’ll find our own test shots video filmed with the … Read More

Mount the Theta S as a drive – 360 video Top tip

Mount Theta S 360 camera as a drive

360 Video Production Top Tip: Mount the Theta S as a drive If you’re working with the excellent Theta S camera 360 camera to shoot stunning 360 stills or 360 video you may have found that working out how to mount the Theta S as a drive to your Mac to transfer files is a little frustrating. By default the Theta … Read More

EZ FX jib for incredible filmic shots

EZ FX Jib

  We’re very pleased to have received our new camera jib today as it opens up a whole new world of fantastic cinematic shooting angles and movements. The main reason for buying is for an upcoming shoot which will really benefit form the jibs movement for the finale shot as we pan up into the tree canopy away from the … Read More

Magnetips Pens – creatives made more awesome

Magnetips - Magnetic pens

Stumbled upon: This morning whilst browsing the crowdfunding website Kick Starter I spotted these rather superb looking professional fine line pens. There’s a lot to like about the Magnetips pens firstly they’re refillable, look great and above all else they’re magnetic. Concept art and storyboarding: With an endless number of animated and filmed video projects due at our animation studio this year I … Read More

Filming on Dartmoor, with Phoebe & Dexter

We disappeared off to Dartmoor on Sunday for a fun (and chilly) climb up one of the many beautiful Dartmoor Tors in Devon. Making use of some of one Stormy Studios own fancy and portable cameras. Filming on Dartmoor is a fantastic experience as there are simply so many vistas and range of Autumn and Winter shades to capture. If … Read More

Bad haircut before meeting – For animation startup

Animator haircut

This afternoon whilst preparing for one of our first international meetings with an Ad Agency I thought it would be a good idea to get a haircut. I’m flying out tomorrow afternoon and obviously wanted to look suitably smart. The potential work for the highly successful Ad Agency could be really good for Stormy Studio, we’re a young business animation and video production … Read More

Animated Video Production Devon, Our New Studio

Animated Video Production Devon

We’re all very excited to be able to announce that our animated video production Devon company, Stormy Studio will soon be moving to new office space in the fantastic, coastal Mount Batten area of Plymouth in Devon, South West England. After a great first 8 months our young animation and video production Devon business, we’ve produced a wide variety of … Read More